No. 17 USC Shuts Down Harvard 2-0
Sept. 3, 2006
SOUTH BEND, IND. -- The No. 17-ranked USC women's soccer team closed out its Indiana road trip with a 2-0 win over Harvard that also secured junior goalkeeper Veronica Simonton a place in Trojan history as the all-time career shutout leader. With a pair of saves from Simonton and a staunch defensive effort from USC's back line, the Women of Troy locked down the shutout victory -- Simonton's 16th career shutout -- at Notre Dame's Alumni Field in the Inn at Saint Mary's Soccer Classic. The victory also pushes USC to a 2-1-1 record on the year, while Harvard remains winless at 0-2.
The Women of Troy rebounded from a scoreless effort against top-ranked host Notre Dame on Friday with an all-out attack against Harvard at Alumni Field on Sunday. The Trojans blasted a total of 12 shots to Harvard's two, and this time USC broke through relatively early with a score in th 16th minute of play. Stacey Strong pushed a long pass forward to a streaking Jamie Petrossi on the left side of the field, and Petrossi sent in a cross to the face of the goal. Forward Nini Loucks was ready and waiting, and the sophomore knocked in the game-winner for a 1-0 USC lead and her second goal of the season.
The Trojans earned a few more opportunities with corner kicks in the half, but it wasn't until the 39th minute that USC finished off the chance. Rosa Anna Tantillo sailed the corner from the right side and connected with Meagan Holmes, who drilled in the header to the right side of the net to make it 2-0 USC. The assist was Tantillo's third of the year, bringing her to 19 career assists and 59 career points to push her to USC's No. 5 all-time points leader.
Simonton saw two Harvard shots on goal in the first half, and the junior made the first save on a hard shot from Christina Hagner. The ball rebounded back into play, and Harvard got off another shot soon after. USC's Jocelyn Hein got a foot on the shot, deflecting the ball toward the left side of the cage, but Simonton made the quick adjustment for a diving save that helped hold down her 16th career shutout in goal. USC took eight shots in the second half, but couldn't get to the back of the net during the final 45 minutes of play.
USC returns to action with another road trip next week. The Trojans face Drake and North Texas at a tournament at Nebraska on Sept. 8 and 10.
USC 2, Harvard 0
USC 2 - 0 -- 2
HAR 0 - 0 -- 0
Veronica Simonton (USC) 2, Lauren Mann (HAR) 4.